Bob started birding during graduate school in Michigan in the late ’60s. While working as a naturalist for Fairfax County Parks in Virginia during the 1970s, he was tuned into the bird migration at Cape May, New Jersey where he banded birds for several years before quitting his job to help launch the Cape May Bird Observatory. His next move took him Oregon State University where he taught environmental interpretation. In 1978 he moved to Alaska and worked as the Chief of Interpretation and Education for Alaska State Parks. Unable to shake his passion for birding, Bob started WBA in 1986 as a way to combine his love of birding, environmental education, and wilderness travel. Bob and his wife Lisa owned and operated WBA for 27 years before passing the torch to Aaron. Bob still continues to be deeply involved with WBA. Freed now from the obligation of running the business he continues lead a few of his favorite trips and chase birds around Alaska.
“Bob and Lisa, I have to tell you that I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job than you did. You make a great team and are outstanding teachers. I learned a lot from both of you. I am still amazed at how quickly you turned a group of strangers into a compatible, well-functioning unit. Thank you for an outstanding trip.” D.P., Alderson, WV